*The April 8-9 and April 22-23, 2021 workshops are cancelled*

Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma With Dr. Barbara Sorrels

School leaders and teachers are invited to this two-day virtual training of understanding trauma and developing strategies for stronger classroom and learning environments for trauma-exposed students.

Expert training from classroom experience and practical research:

Dr. Barbara is Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education, professional development and consulting firm for those who live and work with children. She is the author of the 2015 bestseller, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma –a resource of tools and strategies to help educators connect with harmed children and start them on the path to healing. Dr. Sorrels offers practical strategies that caregivers need to help children:

  • Connecting with a harmed child using games, music, gentle touch, and play
  • Meeting children’s sensory needs throughout the day: morning arrival, group time, meal times, outdoor play, and naptime
  • Creating a sensory-rich classroom environment with easy, simple ideas
  • Teaching a traumatized child self-regulation skills and impulse control using visual cues, rehearsal and role play, games, and scripted stories
  • Coaching and supporting social skills: turn to take, sharing, joining in play, empathy, and conflict resolution
  • Communicating unconditional love and acceptance to children from hard places

Dr. Sorrels has had over 20 years of classroom experience teaching children of all ages in childcare, kindergarten, and elementary school classrooms, as well as over five years’ experience teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the university level. She also founded and directed early childhood centers located in Washington, D. C. and Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Sorrels holds a doctorate in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She served for over five years on the faculty of Oklahoma State University teaching in the Early Child Education program.

This two-day workshop will cover several topics, including:

Understanding Trauma:

  • Definition
  • Examples
  • Role of memory

Understanding brain development

  • Basic principles
  • The role of rhythm in brain development
  • Impact of trauma on the brain

Cultivating positive relationships

  • Why relationships?
  • How different children approach the classroom and the learning environment
    • Secure
    • Insecure ambivalent
    • Insecure avoidant
    • Disorganized

Learning and teaching strategies for self-regulation

  • The difference between self-regulation and executive functioning
  • How trauma changes the child’s view of the world
  • Differences between somatosensory regulation and top downregulation

Participants will gain a stronger understanding of the systems, approaches, and processes that allow children at any age to progress in learning and achieve skills for a successful, nurturing school experience. 

Participants will have live, synchronous training via Zoom with Dr. Sorrels. Partipants will also receive a copy of the book Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma by Dr. Barbara Sorrels.

Event Information

Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma
April 22, 2021    9:00am - 4:00pm
CCOSA Office, Oklahoma City
2901 North Lincoln Boulevard,

April 23, 2021    9:00am - 4:00pm
CCOSA Office, Oklahoma City
2901 North Lincoln Boulevard,

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